I love the buzz in the classroom when student are engaged to create something to share their learning; perhaps an Animoto video with captions, a comic strip, or Google Slides. … Continue Reading Technology as Accelerator #immooc
Her feet hurt. For hours she walked upon volcanic basalt cubes, the cobblestone streets of ancient Rome. One foot carefully placed, then another. Step by step in shoes without … Continue Reading Slice of Life Cobbles
What’s your favorite breakfast? I like to break my fast with scrambled eggs. I don’t want any fluff for breakfast, not that silly rabbit’s Trix in it’s bright pink package … Continue Reading Scrambled Secrets #sol
Questioning myself discovered my students need to ask questions also. As I start the new year, I ask questions of my practice and of my students’ practice. What is it … Continue Reading Questioning…
My students are learning to love to read. They have time almost daily in my reading class to read books of their own choosing. They have been writing responses to … Continue Reading Reading Response #etmooc #ccss
Spot barks. Doors open. You choose. Opportunities flow. This rocks: read on!
More than Basics Teachers in today’s “reformed” schools often are pressured by time, mandates, and test scores into lessons that: Post the objective. State the objective. Explain the objective. Practice … Continue Reading Differentiate: It Works
This year our students have already accomplished several projects: Quad Blogs with three other schools Collaborate with two Iowa schools on Parts of Speech Global Read Aloud 2011: Tuck Everlasting … Continue Reading Continued Citizenship
…pen pals promote careful and critical thinking required in discourse; pen pals prepare students for engaging not just a new friend, but also new ideas.
Collaboration doesn’t just happen. We work at it. One way we do this is by partner work on the computer. After posting writing on the wiki, students partner up. The … Continue Reading Collaboration Partners and Peer Review
What’s great about Google Apps? We can collaborate on projects
Online writing and sharing is a positive learning experience.
Diigo is our friend in the writing classroom.
We’ve started our wiki (whatelse). Kids ask to add and write to add. The problem: fifty minute periods and hunt/peck styles block success. With a self-contained classroom (one teacher teachers … Continue Reading Tumbling Blocks, rearranged
Fire It Up!
Fifth grade and sixth grade still focus on elaboration in writing. However, we will dabble in applying our elaboration skills on election issues. I hope to introduce them to working … Continue Reading What’s Next?